Arab League boss: Support Palestine financially before politically
Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby [on] Saturday stressed financial support for the Palestinian Authority (PA) even before political support.
However, Elaraby said after meeting President Mahmoud Abbas that the Arab League wants to take the Palestinian cause back to the Security Council to change the current approach to the peace process which has not produced any results so far.
Elaraby, who arrived in Ramallah along with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammad Kamel Amr on an official short visit, said the Arab countries had approved a monthly safety net of $100 million to support the PA financially but that this money has not yet been delivered.
He stressed the importance of keeping the PA financially sound to help it to continue providing services to its people.
On the political level, Elaraby said that any measures adopted by PA will be supported by the Arab countries in order to change the status quo because the current policies cannot continue any longer.
He stressed that following talks with world powers, the Middle East conflict will be taken back to the United Nations Security Council “with a goal to end the conflict and not just to manage it.”
Amr praised and congratulated Abbas for the successful November 29 vote at the United Nations General Assembly that upgraded Palestine’s status to non-member state.
He said that Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi has invited Abbas to visit Cairo in the near future to push forward Palestinian reconciliation talks.
He said, “Egypt and the Arab world believe in the importance of the reconciliation and its impact on the current situation.”
Presidential secretary, Tayeb Abdul Rahim, and Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki received Elaraby and Amr when they arrived on a Jordanian army helicopter at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.
Malki said Abbas discussed with his guests the Palestinian financial situation and expressed hope that the Arab countries would fulfill their obligations to the PA.
Abbas briefed Elaraby and Amr on the recent escalation in settlement activities particularly the E1 project and its devastating effects as well as steps the PA would take following Palestine’s new status at the UN.